Weekend Edition Sunday

Sunday 7am - 8am
Rachel Martin

Weekend Edition Sunday features interviews with newsmakers, artists, scientists, politicians, musicians, writers, theologians and historians. The program has covered news events from Nelson Mandela's 1990 release from a South African prison to the capture of Saddam Hussein.

Weekend Edition Sunday debuted on January 18, 1987, with host Susan Stamberg. Two years later, Liane Hansen took over the host chair, a position she held for 22 years. In that time, Hansen interviewed movers and shakers in politics, science, business and the arts. Her reporting travels took her from the slums of Cairo to the iron mines of Michigan's Upper Peninsula; from the oyster beds on the bayou in Houma, La., to Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park; and from the kitchens of Colonial Williamsburg, Va., to the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.

In January 2012, Rachel Martin began hosting the program. Previously she served as NPR National Security Correspondent and was part of the team that launched NPR's experimental morning news show, The Bryant Park Project. She has also been the NPR religion correspondent and foreign correspondent based in Berlin.

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Parallels
4:09 am
Sun June 14, 2015

Israel Bringing Its Years Of Desalination Experience To California

The Hadera desalination plant is one of five built in Israel after a severe drought in the 1990s. Along with conservation efforts and water recycling, the plants have helped end Israel's chronic water shortages.
Emily Harris NPR

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 10:05 am

Taking the salt out of seawater helped Israel move from the constant threat of drought to a plentiful supply of water, but Israel has learned that desalination is not the only answer.

Ben-Gurion University's Institute for Water Research is deep in Israel's Negev desert and away from the sea. Prof. Jack Gilron, head of the Department of Desalination and Water Treatment, and other researchers here test concepts in desalination to see if they might hold promise for industrial development.

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Sports
3:48 am
Sun June 14, 2015

NFL Critic Says Ray Rice Deserves A Second Chance

Originally published on Sun June 14, 2015 7:02 am

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Around the Nation
5:25 am
Sun June 7, 2015

In Newark, Reversing 40 Years Of Neighborhood Neglect

The view looking west on Market Street in Downtown Newark, N.J.
Alex Welsh for NPR

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 7:37 am

In cities with high crime rates, like Newark, N.J., figuring out the right balance of police engagement is especially hard.

In 2013, Newark had 40 homicides per 100,000 residents, the third-highest homicide rate in the country.

Last fall, the new mayor, Ras Baraka, announced a plan to tackle the crime and neglect that have plagued the city's worst neighborhoods. He started by focusing on two of the toughest: Clinton Hill and the Lower West Ward. I asked him in January how he'll know the program is working.

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It's All Politics
4:47 am
Sun June 7, 2015

GOP Suitors Woo Iowa With Bikes, Barbeque And Barnstorming

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker talks with Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, before Ernst's Republican fundraising ride Saturday.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Sun June 7, 2015 9:17 am

A herd of Republican presidential candidates spent some time in Iowa farm country this weekend. They were there for a fundraiser called Roast and Ride, a motorcycle ride and barbecue organized by Republican Sen. Joni Ernst.

Ernst, a political newcomer, is making herself a force in presidential politics.

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Sunday Puzzle
4:05 am
Sun June 7, 2015

Take Two (Letters) And Solve Me In The Morning

NPR

Originally published on Sun June 7, 2015 8:35 am

On-air challenge: Every answer today is a made-up two-word phrase, in which the two words rhyme. The initials of the two words will be provided, along with a one-word clue. Example: C S, Tennis ---> Court Sport

1. N L, Moon
2. B R, Semitrailer
3. P T, Cuestick
4. H C, Electrocardiogram
5. N H, Cold
6. T V, Haiku
7. H S, Bowwow
8. R P, Speedway
9. L N, Slipknot
10. D S, Coma
11. P T, Hookah
12. G W, Obesity
13. M W, Bull
14. S O, Exclaim
15. P D, Pepto Bismol

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Sports
3:29 am
Sun June 7, 2015

Between Horses, Hoops And Ice, A Triple-Fine Sports Weekend

Originally published on Sun June 7, 2015 8:35 am

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Sports
3:29 am
Sun June 7, 2015

FIFA Scandal Set Aside As Women's World Cup Opens

Originally published on Sun June 7, 2015 8:35 am

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Law
3:29 am
Sun June 7, 2015

Procedural Justice: Taking The Ego Out Of Policing

Originally published on Sun June 7, 2015 8:35 am

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Around the Nation
5:22 am
Sun May 31, 2015

Secretary Of Agriculture: Bird Flu Poses 'No Health Issue' To Humans

A gate blocks the entrance of a farm operated by Daybreak Foods, on May 17, 2015 near Eagle Grove, Iowa. The facility was reportedly struck by the current outbreak of bird flu. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsick says biosecurity measures are crucial to containing the spread of the disease, which has only infected birds, not humans.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Sun May 31, 2015 8:12 am

Bird flu is raging through poultry farms across the United States. It's the largest outbreak in U.S. history, affecting 20 states and tens of millions of birds. The disease is particularly ravaging farms in the Midwest.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that the H5 bird flu, the variety causing the outbreak, has not been detected in humans and currently poses a low threat to the public.

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Remembrances
4:49 am
Sun May 31, 2015

A Century After His Birth, Saul Bellow's Prose Still Sparkles

Author Saul Bellow, the 1976 Nobel Prize winner for literature is shown in this 1977 portrait. He was born 100 years ago this June.
Eddie Adams AP

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 8:39 am

Saul Bellow, one of the 20th century's great writers, was born 100 years ago next month. The publishing world is marking the anniversary with a flurry of books — a Library of America edition of Bellow's fiction, a hefty tome of collected nonfiction, and a big new biography.

Another way to remember the author, of course, is to go back to the original books. His best-known work is probably Humboldt's Gift, the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1975 novel based on his own friendship with poet Delmore Schwartz.

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Around the Nation
4:17 am
Sun May 31, 2015

On Lake Michigan, A Cleaner Coal-Powered Ship Ferries On

The coal-powered S.S. Badger pulls out of the Ludington, Mich., harbor in August 2011. This summer is the first season that the Badger is operating with its new ash retention system, which passes EPA standards.
Denise Stocker/Chicago Tribune MCT /Landov

Originally published on Sun May 31, 2015 8:12 am

A slice of history sails across Lake Michigan, carrying cars between Ludington, Mich., and Manitowoc, Wis. It's the SS Badger: the largest coal-fired passenger ship still operating in the United States.

For years, the ship was the focus of environmental scrutiny because of its practice of dumping waste coal ash directly into the lake. The pollution nearly stopped the Badger from steaming again — but now, the ash-dumping has ended.

And this summer, after a half-century on the waters, the Badger is still ferrying on.

Brass And Telegraphs

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Games & Humor
4:03 am
Sun May 31, 2015

First, Do This Puzzle

NPR

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 5:54 am

On-air challenge: Because tomorrow is June 1st, today's game is one of categories, based on the word "first." For each category, name something in it starting with each of the letters F-I-R-S-T. For example, if the category were "Two-Syllable Boys' Names," you might say Francis, Isaac, Richard, Simon and Tony.

1. State Capitals

2. Foreign Makes of Cars

3. Parts of a Book

4. Common Newspaper Names (like Post, Herald or Daily News)

5. Things to Take to the Beach

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Around the Nation
4:03 am
Sun May 31, 2015

Mississippi's Beloved Blues-Playing Son Comes Home

Originally published on Sun May 31, 2015 8:12 am

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Music
3:35 am
Sun May 31, 2015

On Algiers' Debut Album, Southern Boys Find A Common Cause

Algiers' self-titled debut album is out June 2.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 31, 2015 8:12 am

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The Salt
3:35 am
Sun May 31, 2015

At World's Fair In Italy, The Future Of Food Is On The Table

Carlo Ratti of MIT designed this "supermarket of the future" exhibit. If you move a hand close to a product, a digital display lights up, providing information on origin, nutritional value and carbon footprint.
Courtesy of COOP Italia

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 1:57 pm

For the next six months, Italy is hosting a dinner party — and the entire world is invited to attend.

The event, called Expo Milano 2015, is the latest World's Fair. This year's theme is "feeding the planet, energy for life." The global population is projected to pass 9 billion by 2050, and Expo organizers want to start a global conversation now about sustainability, biodiversity and food security.

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